Chris "Kiff" Gallagher

Christopher C. Gallagher, Jr. (Kiff)

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Biography

Kiff Gallagher is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience building visionary brands and movements in the public, private, social and cultural sectors. He advises clients on new ventures, corporate and crisis communications, purpose-driven brand engagement, public-private partnerships, government relations and music strategies. He currently works with Thumbtack Inc, Discovery Communications, CWA and MusicianCorps in San Francisco, CA and Washington D.C.

Kiff served on the White House legislative team that created AmeriCorps. As a Program Officer at the Corporation for National Service, he ran a $15M program portfolio in education, community impact and the environment. As Director of Strategic Communications at Odwalla, Inc, Kiff was lead media spokesman and directed public and government affairs through a high-profile corporate crisis. Appointed President of Social Venture Network, Gallagher advanced the movements for sustainable business and impact investing. Driven by his passion for music and service, he later founded the award-winning cultural and civic leadership initiative, MusicianCorps.

Gallagher has been profiled on NBC Evening News, PBS NewsHour, NPR All Things Considered, Voice of America and the Chronicle of Philanthropy; his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Politico; he has been a featured speaker at top business schools and the Aspen Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Center for American Progress and the Kennedy Center. Gallagher helped launch Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1991, and served as an informal policy adviser to President Obama. He has consulted internationally for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Global Advance Team for the President and First lady of the United States. He has raised and invested pubic interest funds from global philanthropic institutions and corporations to create and launch new ventures.

Recognized for leadership by the James Irvine Foundation, St. Paul's School Alumni Association, and GQ Magazine’s Gentlemen’s Fund, Gallagher has also written and produced two critically praised, pop-rock albums. His music is licensed to radio, TV and digital media worldwide. He is an active equity investor, an honors graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and has studied mindfulness under Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He lives with his wife Hahva and son Luca.